General Writing and Grammar Help/simple but complicated


I want you to do it at once.

What does the above sentence mean? I think The first person wants something would be done by second person. Am I right?

What is the common/generic name of the given sentence? One may ask with 'common/generic name' what I wanted to mean. So, let's consider the following sentence:

My bicycle got stolen.

This is an example of get-passive sentence. To me 'get-passive' defines the type/generic/common name of the given example.

If you understand what my question is, please, help me to clarify it. Actually, I want to learn how to make this type of sentence (I want you to do it once).

Again thanks to you.


Yes, you are correct! Person A is requesting that Person B do something ASAP for him. This sentence is an imperative sentence or a command.

The second sentence is a simple sentence or a statement of fact. It is called a declarative sentence.

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Jerry Leone


I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.


I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

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